Silent auction for troops speaks volumes

This semester members of a Laramie County Community College general psychology class will hold a silent auction to raise money to continue the care packages for the military troops program.

The program was started by one of last semester’s psychology class as a Service Learning project. The class chose to continue the effort as a part of its service project this semester. “It just seemed like a good cause. It would be a shame to see it go,” said Forest Keller, who was one of the leaders of the project.

One of the intrinsic benefits of being actively involved in a Service Learning project is students learn to facilitate positive action in a professional manner by identifying new ways of looking at tasks and working with others in a team environment.

An initial challenge was deciding how to raise money for care packages. Originally, the classes had planned to hold a raffle for an iPad but couldn’t receive the necessary funds. After further deliberation the class decided to try a silent auction.

Keller explained: “We were able to get donations from a few businesses in town such as Texas Roadhouse and Chili’s. Private donations helped make it possible.”

The silent auction was scheduled April 1–3 in the College Community Center. Auction contents included car wash tickets, a gift card to Chili’s, a Texas Roadhouse gift basket, a scented gift basket with candles and candle warmers, a fondue basket, a two-ton floor jack and a fish fossil.

About 12–15 people were involved with the project, and more help is always accepted. “We need $112 to send the packages over; we plan to send seven care packages to members of the troops,” Keller said.

Granola bars, sunflower seeds, jerky, toiletries and other items will be accepted as donations.

Anyone interested in the care package effort can contact Forest Keller at 307-343-5343 or Pete Bonenburger at 402-380-1078 for more information.